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Magic and Mastery

Magic and Mastery

By Donna Woodwell
If you sense there's Magic all around -- and you want more of it -- then Magic and Mastery is the podcast for you. Each week, join host Donna Woodwell as she explores the crossroads of science, magic, philosophy, astrology, and culture. Through our myriad meditations on Magic, you'll find new ways to think about what is, how it works, and how to cultivate it to support your life’s journey.
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Why Alchemy is Cool | Episode 029 | Magic & Mastery

Magic and Mastery

Why Alchemy is Cool | Episode 029 | Magic & Mastery
Alchemy is the study of transformation -- in the world and within ourselves. In other words, it's about how to make better humans. How cool is that? In this episode, Donna Woodwell explores the essentials of alchemy, and how to use it to create powerful, positive changes. For show notes, go to
December 04, 2021
A Hero's Desire | Astrology for December 2021 | Episode 028 | Magic & Mastery
Are you ready for your next great adventure? While that's the urge of Sagittarius season, you may not get far if you don't know where you want to go. In this episode, Donna Woodwell shares tips for incorporating the energy into your life, and how you can prepare for what comes next. For show notes, go to
November 22, 2021
The Essential Tarot | Episode 027 | Magic & Mastery
The Magician. The Wheel of Fortune. Death. These Tarot cards show up on TV and in movies to inspire both fear and curiosity. Join Donna Woodwell as she tackles the six most frequently asked questions about Tarot, plus the most important question of all: why you want to learn how to use this unique self-discovery tool. For show notes, go to
November 11, 2021
It's a Magical Life with Kathy Biehl | Episode 026 | Magic & Mastery
Magic is more than all around us -- we are Magic. At least we are when we see ourselves that way. Join Donna Woodwell as she talks with author, astrologer, and magical creatrix Kathy Biehl about how you, too, can live a life filled with wonder. For show notes, go to
October 27, 2021
Stillness & Desire | Astrology for November 2021 | Episode 025 | Magic & Mastery
Hot and steamy, that's the Scorpio reputation. But with the Goddess of Desire in the mix this year, finding out what you really want takes on special urgency. In this episode, Donna Woodwell shares tips for incorporating the energy into your life, and how you can prepare for what comes next. For show notes, go to
October 25, 2021
Tipping the Scales | Astrology for October 2021 | Episode 024 | Magic & Mastery
There's a lot going on under the surface, transformative energy you can harness to plant the seeds of change. In this episode, Donna Woodwell shares tips for the times, as well as how this moment fits in to the celestial story unfolding over the next two years. For show notes, go to
September 23, 2021
The Art of Time | Episode 023 | Magic & Mastery
At heart, astrology is the Art of Time. It's also one of the best tools every designed for doing magic. Join Donna Woodwell and special guest Robin Langford for a "reverse interview" in which Donna answers questions about the power of astrological magic. For show notes, go to
July 03, 2021
Nonattachment? | Episode 022 | Magic & Mastery
What exactly is non-attachment? Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan ponder the ancient concept, and how you, too, may learn to live with open hands. For show notes, go to
June 11, 2021
Dreamland | Episode 021 | Magic & Mastery
Dreams are so much more than just our minds sifting through our unprocessed stuff; they contain undiscovered doorways to Spirit. Hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan discuss how you can travel the hidden halls of dreamland for yourself. For show notes, go to
June 03, 2021
Shadowed Earth | Episode 020 | Magic & Mastery
It's eclipse season again, and time to talk about the illusive Shadow. Hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan wade into the waters of collective shadow, and how we might learn to tend our own gardens on a Shadowed Earth. For show notes, go to
May 26, 2021
Here Come the UFOs | Episode 019 | Magic & Mastery
Look up in the sky! It's neither birds nor planes, it's UFOs! Or, at least that's what the U.S. government is set to officially disclose in June. If you haven't been keeping up on the latest interstellar news, join Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan as they consider the impact official notice of extraterrestrial visitations might have on our "reality bubbles." For show notes, go to
May 20, 2021
Goodnight Moon | Episode 018 | Magic & Mastery
Did you know the Moon holds the keys to living your life in balance? Hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan unveil her mysteries, and even give you a few suggestions you can put into practice today. For show notes, go to
May 12, 2021
Peak Experiences | Episode 017 | Magic & Mastery
Peak experiences are a prized part of human experience; but they come with a downside. Join hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan as they contemplate how to navigate the bliss of oneness, and the inevitable contraction of everyday life. For show notes, go to
May 05, 2021
On Immunity | Episode 016 | Magic & Mastery
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Immunity is a more complex question than soundbites can handle. Join hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan as they explore the nebulous borderlands between self and society. For show notes, go to
April 28, 2021
The Power of Words | Episode 015 | Magic & Mastery
"As you speak, so you create" is one translation of the magic word Abracadabra. In this episode, hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan tackle the magical power of words to create worlds -- including your own. For show notes, go to
April 21, 2021
The Body Electric | Episode 014 | Magic & Mastery
A minor mishap involving a dog leash and the ground inspire hosts Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan to reflect on the healing potential of the human energy field. If you’re looking to bring healing to yourself -- and the world -- tune in for tips on how you can connect to our healing heritage. For show notes, go to
April 14, 2021
Finding Resilience | Episode 013 | Magic & Mastery
Starting to wonder what your post-pandemic life will look like? Wondering if you’ve got the energy to try something new? Then you’ll definitely want to join Donna Woodwell and Chris Kaplan for their meditations on the metaphysics of resilience. Even better -- on how you can cultivate it in your own life. For show notes, go to
April 07, 2021
Magic & Mastery Reboot | Episode 012 | Magic & Mastery
The Magic & Mastery Podcast is back! In this episode, you’ll get to know my new co-host, Chris Kaplan, as we explore topics ranging from the beginning to the end of the world. (No joke! We cover a lot of ground in an hour.) For show notes, go to
March 26, 2021
A More Perfect Union | Astrology for September 2020 | Episode 011 | Magic & Mastery
There is no perfect, only striving to make life "closer to fine." How might this drive to make the world a more perfect place play out in your world? In this episode, I'll dive into what you might expect from the astrological energies in September 2020, followed with "one simple trick" you can use to tilt the energies in your favor. For show notes, go to
September 01, 2020
Rebels & Causes | Astrology for August 2020 | Episode 010 | Magic & Mastery
Things are heating up; are we nearing the boiling point? In this episode I'll talk about the challenging "cosmic weather" ahead in August 2020, and what it may mean for our collective experience. And, I'll share a little experiment so you can use the fantasy-prone energy constructively in your own life. For show notes, go to
July 23, 2020
Enter the Tarot World | Episode 009 | Magic & Mastery
Last time someone told you "It's just your imagination" -- you unplugged a little bit more from your direct link to the Divine. In this episode, Donna explores the important role imagination has in opening a dialog with your shadowy bits of Self. For show notes, go to
July 14, 2020
On Tarot & Shadows | Episode 008 | Magic & Mastery
One of the most fascinating tools for tapping into what’s hiding in your shadows is Tarot. In this episode, Donna explores the magical roots of tarot, and how you can use it to explore what lies within. For show notes, go to
July 07, 2020
The Shadow Knows | Episode 007 | Magic & Mastery
It seems our Shadow is on display everywhere, when you know how to see it. It’s eclipse season, so it’s time to call it out, and to bring it to light. In this episode, Donna talks about what Shadow is, why it’s important to do your Shadow work, and shares five tips for how to get started. For show notes, go to
July 02, 2020
Swallow the Sun | Astrology for July 2020 | Episode 006 | Magic & Mastery
Humanity's going into labor; what you're feeling are the first birth pangs. In this episode I talk about what you can expect on a personal -- and collective -- level as we continue through this shadowy eclipse season. If you're looking for something you can do, there's even a Shadow Work experiment you can try out for yourself. For more information, check out the Show notes at
June 23, 2020
Plant Seeds | Astrology for May 2020 | Episode 005 | Magic & Mastery
With this Magic and Mastery podcast, I’m going back to my roots. From 2003 to 2010, I penned a monthly overview of the cosmic energies for my blog. (I stopped doing it when I got so busy writing horoscopes for other people’s websites, and then teaching astrology and magic courses.) But there’s so much anxiety in the world right now -- and so much fear of the unknown -- I thought I’d share my monthly overview once again. If it can help you find a little peace and understanding in this crazy time, it’s totally worth it. In this episode, I talk about this zany Taurus season, including the Scorpio Full Moon, a bevy of retrogrades, and the beginning of a longer cycle of lunar instability called a Major Lunar Standstill. For show notes, go to
April 24, 2020
Remake Your Life During the Pandemic | Episode 004 | Magic & Mastery
The world’s changed dramatically in just a few weeks. In this episode, Donna takes a break from her regular content to do a special interview with Amanda ‘Pua' Walsh, founder of Astrology Hub. Donna and Amanda talk about radical self-transformations, and how the next weeks and months could be an opportunity for many to find new meaning through deep soul work. For show notes, go to
March 24, 2020
The Veil of Isis | Episode 003 | Magic & Mastery
Join the High Priestess on a wild romp the the heart of Creation. In this episode, Donna Woodwell explores secret wisdom Hermetic adepts used to make magic and cultivate self mastery. Make yourself a cup of tea, and prepare to visit ancient Alexandria and Renaissance Italy, with quantum physicists and Tarot characters. For show notes, go to
February 26, 2020
Creativity at the Crossroads | Episode 002 | Magic & Mastery
It’s human nature to create; we’re happiest when we’re in a creative flow. Magic is a special act of creation, one that consciously links the divine world Above with the mundane world Below. In this episode, Donna explores the relationship between creativity and magic, and how you can begin to bring more of that divine spark to your own world. For show notes, go to
February 11, 2020
Step off the Garden Path | Episode 001 | Magic & Mastery
We're all standing at the edge of the unknown. The old ways are falling apart, yet new ways have yet to be born. Every thinking person realizes something has to change. But we haven't yet figured out the how of transformation.  Are you willing to step off the garden path? In this episode, Donna Woodwell explores how you can reclaim your beginner's mind. For show notes, go to
January 29, 2020